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Whitsunday Getaway 3nt

  • 3 days & 3 nights allows extra time for snorkelling
  • Includes an evening sunset sail
  • Fully air-conditioned private queen cabins all with en-suites.
  • Air conditioned saloon
  • Intimate environment with only 8 passengers
  • Great fresh food prepared on board daily.
  • Fantastic crew & service.
  • Private in room DVD players
  • Plenty of deck space and front nets to sunbake on.

Whitsunday Getaway 3nt Whitsundays

Sail the Whitsundays on board this late model stylish catamaran with an air-conditioned saloon, perfect for discerning guests who are looking for a little bit more. Designed to accommodate four couples in private fully air-conditioned en-suite cabins, (if travelling with children please contact our office prior to booking as we do have restrictions on board Whitsunday Getaway) the stability of a catamaran means you can relax and unwind in comfort as your hostess and skipper guide you around these world famous islands. Experience snorkelling over spectacular coral reefs and then indulge yourself with our great fresh food prepared daily and pampering service. We look forward to having you on board.

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Whitsunday Getaway 3nt Oct 2016

Whitsunday Islands: The best cruising grounds found anywhere in Australia where almost all of the islands are national parks. Departing from Abel Point Marina on Getaway II, a 44 foot Lagoon catamaran, we enjoy a 14 nautical mile evening and sunset sail out to our Stonehaven Anchorage.  A majestic bay surrounded by lofty hills on the north side of Hook Island. It is such a delight to sit in shade of the upper deck with Chris, our Kiwi Skipper, who knows the history,  the reefs, the waters and a few hysterical local yarns. His hilarious story about tourists being advised to wear vegemite around all orifices when the kangawallapossums are in mating season to avoid attack from an amorous male was too funny!! Morgan, our host, settles us into our forward queen birth with private ensuite and treats us to gourmet appies and meals. Tonight we dine on grilled marinated chicken breast, sweet potato salad and baked zucchini followed by double chocolate cake. There are only 8 of us on board, a couple from Vancouver Island, four ladies from Brisbane celebrating milestone birthdays and us. We are all having difficulty wiping the smiles off our faces.

Morning Sail  at  7 knots around Hook Island  past Maureen's Bay, named after a scuba diving pioneer, to Mackerel Bay. We dawn our stinger suits and snorkel gear, pop in the water and swim 20 meters to pristine reef rarely seen by tourists. We snorkel among massive corals in shallow waters and the sea life that lives depends on them. Chis, a staunch advocate for respecting the natural balance of the reef, tells us when tour boats attract fish by feeding them the fish reproduce too rapidly which overwhelms the corals and sadly the reef dies. Next we sail to Tongue Bay on Whitsunday Island, every trip on Getaway is different depending on the winds and the tides. Chris takes us ashore and we hike across the island to a lookout platform where the amazing spectacle of Hill Inlet and Whitehaven beach unfolds! White silica sand beaches and sandbars against a background of azure seas on a crystal clear 29 degree afternoon. We arrive just as  the day cruisers are leaving and have this postcard like setting to ourselves. A three masted tall-ship under full sail majestically enters the bay. Surreal, we followed Captain Cook's route across the Pacific and now we are witnessing first hand what his arrival in Whitehaven must have looked like from shore. Overnight we anchor at Scrubhead beach off Whitsunday Island in Hook Passage another tranquil mooring where we are lulled to sleep by gentle seas thanks to our skipper's expertise.

Morning sail to Day Bay on Border Island where our snorkel is dominated by large plate coral 2 meters across. The current is strong and Chris tells us to swim ahead of the boat so the current will carry us along the coral shelf past the boat. No matter how hard I swim when I look up I am still in line with the boat, thank goodness for Chris and his tender!! A beautiful afternoon sail to Dumbell Island where we snorkel with Nimos, clown fish, living inside anemones among the fire coral. Tonight the ladies from Brisbane are in fine form drinking vodka, lime and soda after snorkelling is finished for the day and we join the celebration as we sail to our final moorage in Nara Inlet. Each evening Chris rolls out the navigational maps to show us where we have sailed and talks about the history, tides and reefs in fact there is no question he cannot answer. We are moored at the mouth of Refuge Bay on Nara Inlet a protected area sailers have brought their boats to ride out cyclones and home to an aboriginal tribe originating in Papua New Ginny. The Spanish Conquistadors sailed into this inlet in the 1700's, unfortunately the aboriginals rowing out to greet the ship were met with violence as this was taken as an act of aggression. The remaining aboriginals were hunted down before a ceremony for the spirits of dead was performed so they could be at peace. Chris has noted that Passengers have very vivid dreams overnight in this vivid dreams for me I did not sleep!!

Our day begins with Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the calm waters of Nara Inlet before we sail for port. With lots of encouragement we finally stand up and paddle away from the boat however going out is much easier than turning around and coming back. Champagne and a wonderful cheese tray beautifully presented by Morgan, compliments of the crew marks the end of our journey. This has not just been a 3 day 3 night sail this has been a life experience that will stay with us forever!!

Maureen and John Sanborn, England

Whitsunday Getaway 3nt Oct 2012

This is a trip to be recommended. We were both so impressed with the level of professionalism and service that this crew provided. Every experience from sailing, dining,snorkling, education, comfort and safety were carefully attended to by the crew ....but the big plus is that is was FUN....a  complete tour. Thanks Matt and Katie :)

Jen & Jerry Browne, Australia

Whitsunday Getaway 3nt Oct 2012

We loved our 3 day- 3 night trip on the Whitsunday Getaway. It a well equipped cat with 4 double cabins each with their own en suites, and lots of deck space. The skipper Matt was great and very well informed and good to chat to, and Jen our hosty did a great job catering for my husbands dietary needs.
The trip exceeded our expecations on every measure and was great fun and great value for money.
Our foreward cabin had a bed that narrowed at the end but was big enough (my husband is 6ft) and with lots of storage space (we had 2 70L soft bags and 2 rucksacks) - including a large wardrobe with hangers. There are 2 small portholes and a top window so plenty of ventitaltion and great head height.Our en suiite bathroom was large for a yacht (we could both get in it at the same time!) and a good shower head with hot water. Bathroom and beach towels are provided.
Food was great and plentiful - there is even a BBQ on the back of the yacht. There are cool boxes to keep drinks cold (BYO).
There is an infallible for shore trips and a sea kayak and all snorkelling equipment including wet suits and stinger suits are provided. We did 1-3 snorkel stops a day (Blue peral bay and lunchen bay particularly good), with sailing of 1-3 hours at a time. We had shore walks at Whitehaven beach and also to an aboriginal cave site. Matt was happy to do all the sailing or show us the ropes.
There is an indoor air conditioned seating area large enough for all 8 guests and also an 8-person table under a shady canopy outside. There is room to sit in the sun - including on the very spacious front nets (be prepared to get wet!). We were joined by dolphins on the bow as we sailed and were lucky to see a very large Loggerhead turtle at close quarters. As well as great coral and a stunning array of fish, we saw small sharks and rays.
Our co-guests were a mixture of ages and nationalities (21-55, French, German, English) but we all got on well and it was easy to chat and mix, or have some me time.
This is an excellent value for money trip that we'd love to do again - highly reccomended.

Sue and Ian, Sydney-London, Australia

Whitsunday Getaway 3nt Sep 2012

We had good fun, a great time, good company  and loved the service. Just what was required after a busy year. We would do it all again.
Thanks Matt, Katie, Rich and Veronica

Larry Hine, New Zealand

Whitsunday Getaway 3nt Aug 2012

We had the most wonderful time with Captain Matt & Hostest Katie, and the other 3 couples on our fantastic adventure.  This adventure greatly exceeded not only our expectations, but also our hopes.  Matt & Katie are the best.  The Getaways boat was very comfortable and the food better than we had hoped for.  We have recommended this adventure to many friends & our family.

Dan Watson, USA

Whitsunday Getaway 3nt Dec 2010

I do not want to leave! This is the only way to see the Whitsundays. After my love of sailing, came my second love of eating. Perfect match, perfect crew, perfect weather, perfect time. Cant wait to return!

Tony, Canada

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